The Boundary Committee for England has today recommended changes to electoral arrangements in Barrow-in-Furness in a bid to ensure fairer levels of representation at local elections. The recommendations include changes to nine ward boundaries across the borough.
The Committee has also proposed the retention of Barrow Island as a single-member ward after receiving strong evidence of community identity from local groups and individuals.
The Committee was directed to undertake the review by the Electoral Commission as there were significant variances in the size of electorate per councillor across the borough. In order to ensure that each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors, the Committee has proposed that the number of borough councillors be reduced by two from 38 to 36.
The recommendations follow a two year long review of Barrow-in-Furness which aimed to ensure that, as far as possible, one person's vote should have the same value as another's.
As part of the review, the Committee held a public consultation and received submissions from the Borough Council, parish councils, local councillors and residents.
The consultation period has now closed and the Boundary Committee will make its final recommendations to the Electoral Commission. If accepted by the Commission, an Order will be later in the Autumn.
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Notes to editors:
1. The Boundary Committee for England is a statutory committee of the Electoral Commission and is responsible for conducting electoral reviews of local authorities in England.
The review of Barrow in Furness began in November 2006, when the Committee invited initial proposals from interested parties in the area.
The report and consultation documents, including submissions, can be viewed at http://www.boundarycommittee.org.uk/our-work/barrowfer.cfm